Last weekend the Gopro Mountain Games took place in Vail, Colorado. The event hosted 25 competitions, 3 of which were Stand Up Paddle river races. Here is our recap of 2 days of whitewater races.
More than a hundred Stand Up Paddlers were competing this weekend at the Gopro Mountain Games. They faced off in 3 different Stand Up Paddle competitions: A Downriver Sprint, a Stand Up Paddle Cross event and a Stand Up Paddle Skill Invitational.
Downriver Sprint Results
To get the full results go here.
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Other noteworthy athlete results:
Dan Gavere, the winner of the Outdoormix 2016 finished 6th.
Dane Jackson (second at the Payette game last year) finished 11th.
And Chuck Patterson, the waterman from Team Naish finished 20th.
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Izzi Gomez, the world Stand Up Paddle Surfing champion, finished 6th.
The Stand Up Paddle Skill Invitational Result
The Men Stand Up Paddle Skill Invitational was won by Michael Tavares ahead of Spencer Lacy and Dane Jackson. The young prodigy Miles Harvey finished 4th in this competition.
The Women Stand Up Paddle Skill Invitational was won by Natali Zollinger, Rebecca Giddens finished second and Izzi Gomez third.
The Stand Up Paddle Cross Event
Finally, on Sunday, the Stand Up Paddle Cross event was won by Spencer Lacy ahead of Mike Tavares and Lukes Hopkins –the winner of last year’s event- who secured the third place by the narrowest of margins (a photo finish was actually needed to know who crossed the line first).
Here is the photo finish:
Photo of the podium: